HigherEducation and Healthcare
HigherEducation and Healthcare
TheU.S has been one of the countries that have set standards in varioussectors including education, security and safety from hazards such asfire. This success can be attributed to the socialization of thesedifferent services including policing, primary and secondaryeducation and fire-fighting. Under socialization of services, thegovernment fully engages in the delivery of these services and theygo beyond conservative societal forces. As such, there are wellestablished mechanisms right from the federal government, down to thestate and local governments. This has seen and ensured that everycitizen in the country has ready access to these services regardlessof where they are their social economic status or ability to pay forsuch services. The literacy levels in the United States are veryhigh, thanks to the socialization of primary and secondary education.
Althoughhigher education in the United States cannot be criticized on groundsof accessibility as there are several institutions of highereducation offering high quality education, higher education remainsexpensive in the country. Most people are not able to financethemselves through higher education and are even forced to work to beable to finance their education in institutions of higher learning.The success realized in provision of primary and secondary educationoffers great lessons that the government can learn and implement andreshape higher education in the country.
Thesector is badly stuck in controversy is health care in the UnitedStates. As compared to its European counterparts, the health care inthe United States is the most expensive, with every individualspending an average of $5,724 annually for health care as opposed toan average $2,471 in Western Europe (Russell, 2011). This disparityhas resulted from politics surrounding health care in the U.S. Tradeunions, insurance firms, physicians and pharmaceutical companies reaphuge profits from the highly politicized health care in the country.The U.S can borrow from Germany healthcare system which is asocialized service in the country. Rather than being solely onleftist politics and the influence of trade unions, Germany’shealth care is beyond all a story of conservative societal forces.The forces include private and public employers, faith based andsecular social welfare entities as well as churches (Russell, 2011).They all remain committed to the realization of equitable access toquality health care. They form critical pillars for provision ofmedical services and nursing care.
Thecurrent crises in U.S healthcare can be attributed to failure of thegovernment and other stakeholders seeking to make profits from thesystem to come to common terms. The Obama care reforms have beenfaced with lots of controversy with politics playing their role asusual to shoot it down. To have a successful system, socializinghealth services where all stakeholders including public and privateorganizations coming together to a common call. On the other hand,parents and students are struggling to keep their children ininstitutions of higher learning as they have been highlycommercialized. Higher education in the US is considerably expensiveand students are often forced to settle for community colleges ifthey cannot afford national universities and other prestigiousprivate universities in the country. As such, socializing highereducation and health care will go a long way in improving provisionof these services.
Russell,J. (2011). Doublestandard social policy in Europe and the United States.Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.